William Raban


Voted for

Man with a Movie Camera1929Dziga Vertov
A Diary for Timothy1946Humphrey Jennings
Horror Film 11971Malcolm Le Grice
Hand Grenade1971Gill Eatherley
A Clockwork Orange1971Stanley Kubrick
Mirror1975Andrei Tarkovsky
SKAZKA SKAZOK1979Yuri Norstein
Gently Down the Stream1981Su Friedrich
the names have changed, including my own and the truths have been altered2019Onyeka Igwe
Citadel2020John Smith


Man with a Movie Camera

1929 Ukrainian SSR, USSR

Dziga Vertov’s seminal film offers a new pathway for cinema away from narrative and represents an archetype for both documentary and experimental filmmaking.

A Diary for Timothy

1946 United Kingdom

I might have chosen Spare Time or any of the war time documentaries, but Humphrey Jennings’s Diary for Timothy is a powerful film in the form of a father’s letter to his new-born son to make an outstanding anti-war film.

Horror Film 1

1971 United Kingdom

With characteristic elegance, Malcolm Le Grice uses projected light, raw sound and the embodied shadow performance by the filmmaker to add new dimensions to the horror film genre within the context of expanded cinema.

Hand Grenade


Projected as either a single screen or 3-screen film, Gill Eatherley’s film celebrates vivid colour and hand-drawn light.

A Clockwork Orange

1971 USA, United Kingdom

Stanley Kubrick raises questions about the failure of the penal system that are as relevant now as they were 50 years ago. The film seems timeless and though attacked at the time for its brutal misogyny, the Ludovico Treatment scenes provide a reflexive counter to those accusations.


1975 USSR

When I saw the film at its UK premiere at the Plaza Cinema in Camden Town it made little sense to me, but on repeated viewings it reveals its extraordinary depths and is one of Tarkovsky’s finest films.


1979 USSR

Yuri Norstein crafts this brilliant animation that is a profoundly affective anti-war film.

Gently Down the Stream


Using crudely shot black and white 16mm film with hand-scratched words into the emulsion, Su Friedrich creates this powerful cine-poem with great economy of means.

the names have changed, including my own and the truths have been altered

2019 United Kingdom

Onyeka Igwe investigates the British colonial archive to produce an astounding body of films, of which this is my favourite.


2020 United Kingdom

John Smith’s trademark subtle wit brilliantly exposes Boris Johnson’s ludicrous response to the Covid pandemic set amongst the glittering towers surrounding Canary Wharf.